The SAT School Day
Increasing Student Access to College Opportunity
- What is SAT® School Day?
- Benefits for Students
- SAT School Day Score Reporting Fee Waiver
- Benefits for Colleges and Universities
- Student Search Service®
Improving access to and equity in the higher education admission process has always been a primary driver of the College Board’s mission. By fairly assessing the skills students have learned in school and their ability to apply those skills, the SAT continues to support this mission, while also serving as a valuable tool to help states and districts foster a college-going culture.
The College Board's SAT School Day program enables states and districts to create a unique opportunity for all of their juniors or seniors to take the SAT in their home schools, thereby providing encouragement for all students to pursue a college education. It also offers improved access and convenience to meet college admission testing requirements.
"Administering the SAT on a school day encourages more students to take the test and increases access to college. It also sends a powerful message of a state’s or a district’s commitment to prepare all students for the next step after high school."
— Rick Nolly, Principal
Since the 2009-10 school year, the College Board has partnered with states and school districts to administer the SAT during the school day, making it possible to reach all students and particularly students who are underserved. The SAT is offered to students on a school day in both the fall and spring of the academic year, increasing the number of annual SAT administrations from seven to ten.
Since 2009, over 170,000 students have taken the SAT during a school day. During the 2013-14 school year, over 70 districts across 16 states participated in our SAT School Day program.
The SAT School Day benefits students in many ways:
- Testing on a weekday does not interfere with work or family obligations scheduled on the weekend.
- Students no longer have to worry about transportation or trying to locate the testing site because they test in their own schools.
- The SAT on a school day reduces test-day stress because students are in a familiar location with familiar staff.
- The SAT connects students to free college planning tools that help them learn more about the application process, access financial aid tools, explore majors, and more.
The College Board has intensified its focus on propelling students toward the opportunities they have earned through their own hard work. While their test fees are still covered by the state or district contracted to participate in a given SAT School Day administration, students that meet the criteria for fee waiver eligibility can now still use the additional benefits provided by the Fee Waiver Service. These benefits include:
- Four additional score sends at any time during high school (fee-waiver code required)
- Four college application fee waivers (CAFWs) to use in applying to colleges and universities participating in the fee-waiver service (delivered directly to eligible seniors)
- Question-and-Answer Service (QAS) or Student Answer Service (SAS) ordered by calling Customer Service (fee-waiver code required)
Colleges and universities benefit from:
- An increased and diversified pool of college-ready students to help achieve their enrollment goals
- More student names available in Student Search Service®
- More prospective students one step closer to completing their college applications
Student Search Service is a voluntary program that connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities from more than 1,200 colleges, universities, scholarship programs, and educational organizations. Here's how it works:
- Students may choose to participate in Student Search Service when registering for a College Board exam.
- As part of taking a College Board exam, students are asked to fill out a Student Data Questionnaire (SDQ).
- Participating, eligible organizations can then search for groups of students who may be a good fit for their communities and programs, but only among those students who opt to participate in Student Search Service.
- The search criteria can include any attribute from the SDQ, except the following: disability, parental education, self-reported parental income, social security number, phone number, and actual test scores.
- The most searched items are expected high school graduation date, cumulative grade point average (GPA), and intended college major. A full list of SDQ questions is available in the Student Registration Guide.
If you have questions or concerns about Student Search Service or want more information about the program, please call (866) 825-8051.